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A Diamond Creek and Charlie Trotter evening
Published Tuesday, October 12, 2010 4:00 am
by Written by Steve Hicks

Attendees of the eighth annual Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale fundraiser at Calistoga’s Diamond Creek Vineyards last week helped raise more than $1.5 million for research into the cause, care and cure for Parkinson’s disease. The money benefits the only non-profit Parkinson’s clinical center in the country that provides treatment for neurological movement disorders.

Diamond Creek founder Al Brounstein contracted Parkinson’s more than 30 years ago and passed away in 2006. His wife, Boots, continues the fundraiser.

Al planted First Growth Bordeaux clones – brought through Tijuana in suitcases – in 1968. The vineyard features three microclimates, bottled separately. Their names represent the soil description: Volcanic Hill, Red Rock Terrace and Gravelly Meadow. When an exceptional vintage occurs, there’s a Lake Vineyard bottling – otherwise it is blended.

Charlie Trotter, one of the great chefs of the world, has written 14 cookbooks and has hosted “The Kitchen Sessions,” a nationally syndicated cooking show, for four years. Prestigious institutions, including the James Beard Foundation, the Wine Spectator and Mobile Five Star, recognize his Chicago restaurant as the best wine and food experience in America.

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